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This Month’s Focus: Quality, Validation &
Regulatory Compliance

COVID-19’s impact on FDA inspections and manufacturer risk

This article discusses the recent decreases in the FDA’s manufacturing inspections due to COVID-19 and explains how USP’s programs and resources can help drug-product manufacturers and ingredient suppliers manage potential quality risks in the global supply chain.

Excipient quality: Beyond the pharmacopeia monograph

Ensuring excipient quality requires extra-monograph testing and specifications, which should be agreed upon between the excipient end user and supplier. This article discusses how application of Quality-by-Design (QbD) principles can help to define such extra-monograph testing and specifications.

Using a development and submission stage gate system to help improve drug product development outcomes

The regulatory concept of Quality by Design is a gateway to improved cost control and faster, bigger returns on investment. This article discusses how pharmaceutical manufacturers can unlock these benefits by using a system that integrates their product development and regulatory sciences and submissions teams, focusing on quality at every step.

Validation, verification, and monitoring of tablet and capsule blister pack inspection systems

A blister pack inspection system must function properly to ensure the quality and accuracy of blister-packaged pharmaceutical tablets and capsules. This article explains how validation, periodic verification, and ongoing monitoring can keep an inspection system operating as intended and ensure that products are adequately and accurately inspected, while keeping accurate inspection records.

Back Page: Reduce powder processing risks when outsourcing manufacturing

When outsourcing manufacturing for an oral solid dosage product, brand owners generally minimize risk by ensuring that the contract manufacturing organization’s (CMO’s) unit operations have the desired capability and have been tested with the target formulation and that the area has sufficient containment and environmental controls. They also typically confirm that the CMO’s site leadership team has a demonstrated commitment to quality, analytics, and regulatory compliance. An area of risk that is often overlooked, however, is powder transfer between unit operations.

General Features

Using natural alternative excipients for tableting and capsule filling

This article discusses the importance of finding organic substitutes to traditional excipients and presents a study that used premixed natural excipients to incorporate an oily substance into a powder for encapsulation.

Spotlight on Nutraceuticals: Adapting to change is the name of the game

Earlier this year, proposed changes to the Nutrition and Supplement Facts panels started coming into mandatory compliance. This article discusses these changes to regulations governing dietary supplements, their impact on nutritional information and claims, and the possible ramifications of non-compliance.

Eye on Excipients: Using agglomerated isomalt as a filler-binder in direct-compression orodispersible minitablets

This edition of Eye on Excipients discusses orodispersible minitablets as an alternative dosage form for pediatric patients and others who have difficulty swallowing traditional tablets. The column also describes a study conducted to determine the suitability of agglomerated isomalt as a filler-binder for direct-compression orodispersible minitablets with a low drug load.

November Content

Annual Reference & Buyer’s Guide

Issue Focuses

January: Capsule Filling

March: Outsourcing

April: Coating

May: Packaging

June: Solid Dosage Sourcebook

July: Excipients & Formulation

September: Tableting

October: Quality, Validation & Regulatory Compliance

November: Annual Buyer’s Guide

Tablets & Capsules Technical Article Guidelines

Tablets & Capsules is the world’s only publication dedicated to solid dosage forms. Our readers are the people responsible for the formulation, production, and packaging of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical tablets and capsules in North America. Each issue reaches about 10,000 readers whose job functions include R&D, QC, engineering, and operations. All are technical decision-makers who need practical information.

T&C’s technical articles are written by technical professionals for technical professionals. But they are a collaborative effort: You provide the content and expertise, and T&C’s editors tailor your article to T&C’s audience.

For sample topics and details on how to submit an article and share your expertise, download the full technical article guidelines below or contact the editor.

Contact the editor:
Nate Todd
1155 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120
651-287-5625
ntodd@cscpub.com
2020
Focus
Special Sections
January*
Capsule Filling
Granulation & Drying
March
Outsourcing: Formulation, Manufacturing, Packaging, Research & Lab Services
1. Counters & Bottle Fillers
2. Dedusters
April*
Coating
1. Test & Inspection Equipment
2. Multi-layer Tableting
May
Packaging
1. Particle Size: Reduction,     Separation, & Analysis
2. Powder Transfer &     Containment
June
Solid Dosage Sourcebook
July*
Excipients & Formulation
1. Tooling
2. Mixers & Blenders
September
Tableting
Liquid Capsule Filling
October*
Quality, Validation, & Regulatory Compliance
1. Blister Packaging
2. Tablet & Capsule      Identification
November
Annual Buyer’s Guide
*Issue includes “Spotlight on Nutraceuticals” insert.

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